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  • Opal Myth Debunked!

    “It’s bad luck to wear opal if it’s not your birthstone.”

    This is something that we hear from our guests on a regular basis. Where does this superstition come from? Frank, from Parle Jewelry Designs/Idaho Opal and Gem Corporation let us in on history of this well-known belief:
    In 1829, Sir Walter Scott published a novel titled, Anne of Geierstein (or The Maiden of the Mist). This according to Frank, was the Harry Potter of its time! In this novel. The Baroness of Arnheim wears a talisman made of Opal bestowed with magical powers. When holy water is splashed on the opal, it loses its colors and the Baroness becomes a pile of ash. It is because of this fictional scene that people started to associate opals with bad omens.
    Long before Sir Walter Scott’s fantastical tale, the ancient Greeks and Romans thought the opal was a symbol of good luck and fortune. Due to its many colors, the opal was a symbol of hope like the rainbow. It was often given as a gift to bring protection and wealth to the wearer. The “gift from the heavens” women often wore the gem in their hair to ensure their hair color would not fade. Opals were originally thought to possess magical qualities and bring its wearer foresight. They were used to help shy, timid people be more open in social situations as they were thought to have the power to amplify feelings and desires and promote spontaneity.
    Throughout most of history, the opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all of the gems because it can show all colors. Black, boulder, fire or doublet, there is no denying the magnificence of opals. A single gem can flash every color with fire and intensity beyond that any diamond.

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    About the Blogger:
    Kristin Beaulieu
    South Portland Assistant Manager

  • Day’s Jewelers Selected Among Best Places to Work in Maine for a Third Year

    Day’s Jewelers was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management - Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Maine HR Convention.

    Kathy, Jeff and Jim Corey, owners of Day’s Jewelers, have truly created a business that makes its employees proud. “Kathy, my brother Jim and I were raised in the St. John Valley in Northern Maine where family is such an important part of the local culture. The three of us, along with my 5 other siblings, worked together in my Mom and Dad’s business, Robert’s Jewelry in Madawaska. Family has always been important to us. As we’ve built Day’s over the years, it was our goal to create a family environment among our staff,” says Jeff Corey.

    Kathy Corey thanks her employees for this award which has been claimed in 2014, 2015 and now 2017. “Receiving this award is truly an honor, but mostly it’s a tribute to the 140 employees who work at Day’s.  They are the real heroes.”

    Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings.

    Day’s Jewelers Human Resources Director Kristie Jandreau knows exactly how this award was earned., “It’s because of what we do and, most importantly, why we do it. We are surrounded by beautiful gems, sparkling diamonds, and the latest fashion accessories. We spend our work days in luxurious showrooms with guests looking for that special piece to commemorate an important occasion or symbol of their love. Relationships are formed with our guests that last for many years. Day’s employees enjoy people and building relationships with our guests and with each other. Day’s employees often describe their co-workers as family.”

    Other employees agree; Company Photographer and Content Producer, Brian Chick says, “We are given the tools and support to succeed with in-house training and continued education outside of the workplace.” Lindsay Nodden, Assistant Buyer said, “I think the reason why we won best places to work in Maine is because people genuinely enjoy their jobs here.  How could you not, working with beautiful things and amazing people every day!”

    Day’s Jewelers will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in Maine awards ceremony on October 10 and will be listed in a special publication by Mainebiz. The final rankings will be announced at the event.

    About The Blogger:
    Amanda Loubier
    Marketing Coordinator

     

     

  • A Day’s Jewelers Cliff's of Moher Proposal

    Day's Jewelers Proposal Story:

    Hi my nameimage2 is Michelle Devereux. My fiancé Ryan Sylvain proposed to me on June the 9, 2016 at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. We have been together 2 and half years.

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    I recently brought Ryan to Ireland for my cousins wedding. I moved to the USA with my parents when I was 7 but both my mother and father reside in Ireland. We traveled around Ireland for a few days with my brother and a couple of friends. Ryan carried the ring around with him while we were traveling and a few times he thought I was sure I would find out.

    image3On Thursday the 9th, on our last stop back to Cork, we visited the Cliff's of Moher. We were taking photos and laughing and the Ryan dropped to one knee. I remember he was nervously asking my brother for the ring, I remember spacing out into the ocean not believing this was happening. I thought I was in a dream. A wave of emotion came over me and I said yes while crying, but Ryan did this in a country (Ireland) that is so dear to my heart and will always be my home.

    He definitely put thought into and it will be a day I will never forget. Ryan told me that Day's Jewelers was great to work with and I felt so comfortable with Day's too. Our big day isn't till October 2018, but I wouldn't trade June 9th 2016 on the Cliff's of Moher for anything.

  • The Jewelry Box: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

    As a buyer for Day’s Jewelers I see so many different kinds of jewelry but the pieces I am always drawn to the most have a story behind them. Sometimes it is a story of how the piece was made and other times it is the story the piece represents, like the beautiful aquamarine and diamond ring my husband gave me on our wedding day to use as my “something blue.” Ten days after we were married, my husband left for a military deployment in Afghanistan.  I wore that ring every day while he was gone.  It brought me unexplainable comfort when I was lonely during those months. To this day it helps me feel close to him when we are apart.

    This ring is a symbol of love and was the perfect “something blue” for our small ceremony, in a blizzard, on Christmas night 2002 with our families, and a few friends including my best friend Megan.

    something_blue_photo_2In April of this year, Megan got married.  While planning her wedding, I asked her what her old, new, borrowed, and blue would be.  She had her old; a brooch from her mom, her new; her wedding dress, but no borrowed or blue.  I told her that I would figure out her borrowed and blue. As her bridal shower and wedding day approached, I had no idea what I should loan her.  So I did what I always do when I need an idea, I Googled it!

    One of the articles I read explained the tradition.  The four tokens should be carried throughout the wedding day for luck. “Something old” represents continuity.  “Something new” represents optimism for the future. “Something borrowed” represents borrowed happiness and should be an item that was part of another person’s happy marriage.  “Something blue” represents love, purity, and fidelity.  After reading the story behind the tradition I knew the perfect thing to lend her. Megan was at my wedding, ten years prior, in the midst of a blizzard.  She stood next to me as I married my husband wearing my aquamarine and diamond ring.  I have had a happy, blessed ten years with my husband and many more to come.  My ring would be Megan’s “something borrowed and blue!

    somethingblue_ringI cleaned, polished and boxed my ring.  I prepared a speech, and on the day of Megan’s bridal shower, I presented her “something borrowed and blue.” We both cried, along with our moms.  On her wedding day, Megan wore my ring and now it will always symbolize the bond that we have with each other and with our husbands.

    Having Megan wear my ring on her wedding day was about so much more than just filling an old tradition.  It was about wishing my friend a marriage filled with love, happiness, respect, faith, and grace.  It was thanking her for being there for me, and reminding her that I would be there for her.

    About the Guest Blogger: 

    Julie joined the Day’s team in 2002 as an Office Manager in our Auburn, Maine store.  She has spent the last 5 years as our Inventory Operations Manager, and transitioned to her role as a buyer in October of 2012.  Julie has enjoyed her time at Day’s, and is very excited about her new role in the company.  Her goal is to bring fashion, style, and fun to Day’s product assortment and is always on the lookout for new jewelry designers.

    When she is not at Day’s, Julie spends most of her time at home with her husband and two young sons.  The newest addition to her family is two Labrador Retriever puppies who are quite a handful!

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  • Wedding Party Gift Ideas

    Wedding Party Gift Ideas

    You have the wedding bands, the venue, DJ, and photographer. Now what about the people you asked to be part of this special day? They have planned the bachelorette and bachelor parties, the wedding shower, kept you sane through the cake and catering tastings. Yes, the bridesmaids and groomsmen. They promised to stand by your side while you’re saying your vows, make sure your make up doesn’t run when you start crying, fix your tie or veil before walking down the aisle. We think they deserve a “thank you.”

    Bridesmaids Gifts

     

    ce-wedding-288Let’s take a look at some gift ideas for the ladies. There are many types of gifts that you can give to your bridesmaids and flower girl. You could get them a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant, a massage at their local spa, tickets to a concert, their favorite perfume, or jewelry.  Many times you will notice that the bride will get all of her bridesmaids and flower girl(s) matching jewelry for the ceremony. I love this idea, and to step it up you can personalize each piece of jewelry.

    To start, pearls are a great wedding day gemstone; a classic, elegant look for all of your girls on your special day.  Along with the set of pearls, you can add a touch of personalization by giving each of them a charm to wear on the pearl bracelet. Each girl will have a different charm depending on their personality, your relationship with them, etc.  Or you can add a disc or heart charm to each and engrave their name and your wedding date on it.

    Maybe you want your girls to have a little more bling. Cubic Zirconia is a great way to have your girls sparkle on your wedding day. You can make this more personalized by picking a different set for each girl to wear, based on their fashion and personality. While one girl could be more traditional, another may be more fashion forward and trendy.

    Groomsmen Gifts

     

    ce-wedding-271Now for the guys! While 6 packs and 30 racks might do the trick in some parts, we want to step it up a notch. How about a flask with their initials instead? Don’t drink? Dress up their look with awesome cuff links or a tie bar. You can personalize the cuff links or tie bar based on their style and by engraving them with initials, nicknames, or the date of your wedding (this would be great for a groom’s gift, then he’ll always have something to look at to remind him of your anniversary).

    Are your guys more of the hunting and fishing type?  We have the perfect box and knife sets for them, personalize each knife by engraving them. Or give each guy a different set based on their favorite sport (fishing, hunting, ducks, etc).

    Speaking of sports, you could also have a themed wedding party gift. Charm bracelets for the ladies and watches for the men that display their favorite sports team make a fun and personal gift. Maybe even take a picture with everyone wearing their favorite team hat showing off their gifts!

    Gift ideas for the bridesmaids and groomsmen really need to come from the heart. You know these people better than anyone else. Have fun with the gifts, make them personal, or use them as a way to dress everyone up for your wedding day.

     

    Personal Shoppers

    melissa_4_webIf you have any questions or comments, please share them with us. We would love to know what you did for your wedding party gifts, or for you to share any do’s and don’ts!

    Day’s Jewelers has been around since 1914. We have over 150 professionals at your service within 6 retail stores and online at www.daysjewelers.com.

    I’d love to help you pick the right gifts for your wedding party. Give me a call at 1-800-HEY DAYS!

     

  • Hand Carved Pearls, Galatea Queen Beads

    A pearl is a fascinating natural work of art, but when you add the imagination behind the Galatea brand you get a masterpiece. Day’s Jewelers is thrilled to introduce this new line to our bead collection!

    Galatea Queen Beads are created by placing a gemstone bead into the oyster which then secretes the pearl over the gemstone bead. Once the pearl is collected, the pearl layer is hand carved to reveal the beautiful gemstone inside.

     

    The Galatea brand is more than a brand of jewelry; it’s an inspiring story. The Galatea brand stands for inspiration and dignity. Every piece of Galatea jewelry is inspired by the poetic beauty of love and nature.

    This collection is exciting for us to share. Check out our collection of Galatea Queen Bead Hand Carved Pearls in store or online.

     

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    Learn more about Galatea beads.

     

  • Tips for Bridal Jewelry and Accessories

    Stuck on what accessories for prom or bridal jewelry to wear?

    Prom and Bridal Jewelry and Accessory Ideas

    • Dangle Earrings when your hair is down or up; it's a great way to still be able to wear earrings and everyone can see them when your hair is down, and add a touch of sparkle or color when your hair is up.
    • Pearls are a great classic look; you can even spice it up with some colored pearls to match a prom dress or add something blue to your wedding day.
    • Cubic Zirconia's are also a classic look; you can add some bling without putting a dent in your pocket. Wear a pair of studs and a solitaire pendant or more elaborate necklaces. Crislu is a great collection for bridal jewelry in Cubic Ziconia.
    • When you need "something blue" try adding a pair of blue diamond earrings or blue diamond necklace to your wedding day.

    Men's Jewelry and Accessories for Prom and Wedding Day

    • Cuff links are the quickest and easiest way to add some style to your attire. They come in all sizes and shapes. Choose the best that fits your look and feel.
    • Tie Tacks also add some style; make sure if you have cuff links and a tie tack that they are the same metal color.

     

    Looking for gifts or jewelry for the Wedding Party? Here are some of our favorites for Bridesmaids and some ideas for the Groomsman.

    There are many options for your prom and wedding day jewelry. We would be happy to give you personalized recommendations at any time. You can email Kathy or Melissa at info@daysjewelers.com or call 800-439-3297

    Shop Prom Jewelry, Bridal Accessories and all other jewelry at www.daysjewelers.com

  • If I Picked My Own Engagement Ring...

    Working in the jewelry industry, it is always interesting to see the different styles of engagement rings and seeing how people react to the styles. One thing I hear is "It’s all about the size of the diamond." Is it really? There are many factors that go into determining the brilliance and beauty of a diamond including color, cut, clarity as well as carat. In some cases, the cut of the diamond distorts the carat weight; giving the diamond more weight that brilliance. If I were choosing my own diamond I'd go for a better cut than more carat weight. I'm traditional in that when someone chooses the perfect ring for me, I want it to be a complete surprise. My future husband-to-be should know my style and taste well enough that he could choose the best ring for me. Either way it would be perfect because it would be from him.

    This brings up another point - when in doubt, go for a solitaire ring. They are timeless and beautiful. I want my future engagement ring something that stays in style forever. To all of the future husbands-to-be: research, research, research! It is always important to understand what your diamond specialist is telling you. Ask for certifications and don't be afraid to compare apples to apples. It’s a big purchase, and tons of thought goes into it. I think I can speak for everyone when I say "Take your time." You may see a diamond you like in the first store you visit, but if you don't have the feeling in your stomach that that is the diamond then don't feel pressured to buy. If you shop in a Day's store or online at www.daysjewelers.com, our salespeople know that is a nerve-wracking and exciting step and we want to make sure that you have the best ring for your budget. Make sure you have a clear budget in mind before you start shopping, too. Don't go above your means - this is supposed to be a happy purchase, not a "how am I going to pay for this" purchase. One way to better service the cost of a ring would be either Layaway options or in store credit. Day's offers both. If you are planning on using either of these, it is better to shop early and plan ahead so you have the ring in time to pop the question.

    So, if I could choose my ring what would it be? I think I'll wait and see what that special someone gives me one day in the future :).  But, I do like these styles:
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  • Wedding Band Weekend in BANGOR!

    Coming in September is Day's Jewelers' annual Wedding Band Weekend event in Bangor, Maine! This weekend is when Day's Jewelers presents its greatest savings to you. Nationally recognized brands like Martin Flyer, Michael M., Herni Daussi, Ritani and Timeless Designs will be represented with additional product to suit your every need! Representatives from each line will also be available to discuss your needs. There will be over 2000 wedding bands in Day's Jewelers in Bangor, ME October 15 and 16 at prices that cannot be missed.  This is Bangor's FIRST Annual WBW event! Don't miss it!

    If you have a smartphone, scan the QR code below for more information! Or click here to learn more!

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  • Engagement Rings at a Glance

    As a little girl, I always dreamed about the perfect engagement ring that that someone special would give me when the time was right. Now that I work in the jewelry industry, I hear amazing stories as to how people propose, how he finds the perfect ring and how she says, “yes!” Little did I know when I was dreaming about the perfect ring that there was so much that went into the purchase of an engagement ring! Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to start researching such an important item in a couple’s life, so I am going to take this opportunity to explain a few things that I have discovered about purchasing engagement rings during my time here at Day’s. This will be a quick reference guide for all things engagement. Feel free to comment or post any questions you may have!

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    Let’s start with the basics: metals. There are a variety of metals that one could have an engagement ring made out of. Gold comes in 3 karat (abbreviated as “kt”) weights; 14, 18 and 24. 24 karat gold is about 99% gold; 18 karat gold is about 75% gold, and 14 karat gold is about 60% gold – the remaining percentages are comprised of other metals. Gold can either be yellow in color or white. White gold is an alloy of gold and another white metal and needs to be occasionally rhodium plated to keep its proper level of whiteness. Sterling silver is a more affordable option, though it is less common. The most pure option is platinum, the only true white metal. Unlike white gold, platinum does not need to be rhodium plated and is always about 99% platinum with no variation. This is why platinum products generally cost more than gold. Also, if you hold a platinum piece of jewelry and a gold piece of jewelry, you can literally feel the difference in weight from one metal to the next. At platinum engagement ring weighs significantly more than a gold engagement ring. Generally, women either wear yellow metals or white metals, and this is a good first step to determine what engagement ring would fit her style. Usually, any ring that you see can be crafted in any metal.

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    When browsing engagement rings, it is important to note if you are looking at finished pieces or mountings. If you are looking at mountings, the price of the band is listed without including the cost of the center diamond. The “diamonds” that generally sit in showcases are cubic zirconia pieces that look like diamonds and give you an idea of what the final piece will look like. If you only purchase a mounting, it would then be your responsibility to find the perfect center diamond for your needs. You would purchase the diamonds loose and have them mounted into the ring by a goldsmith. Some retail brands only sell mountings, while others only sell finished pieces, and some mix into both categories. Price points are important to notice. It is always a good idea to not shop beyond your budget, and if you so choose to, see if the store may offer a financing opportunity to better suit your needs. There is no worse feeling that falling in love with a ring that is unreachable.

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    Traditionally, diamonds are round with 57 flawless facets. Some are made with 88, like the stunning Biro 88 diamonds, but overall the brilliance of the diamond is what catches the eye. The brilliance of the diamond is how bright the light reflects off of it. Many factors could enhance or inhibit the brilliance of a diamond. For a complete list, take a look at Day's list of 34 Factors that Affect Diamond Prices. The cut of a diamond is arguably the most noticeable piece of the whole engagement ring. Below is a selection of some of the most popular cuts.

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    Each cut has its own proportions and brilliance. It is best to work with a diamond specialist when determining what diamond would be best for your needs. A diamond specialist can show you if there happen to be any flaws in the diamond or show you the benefits of each stone.

    The moral of the story is that research should come before any type of commitment is made on a ring. Look online, go into the store or ask around to see what you should do to start making the decision of a lifetime. Our customers are important to us at Day's and we want to know that you are comfortable with such a large decision and investment. As soon as you set foot in one of our stores, we can start making your dreams come true! All you have to do is ask us where to start. Happy shopping!

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Day's adheres to an everyday low price policy so you can always shop knowing you’re getting the best price possible from an authorized retailer.